Her 1940s cottage, equipped with wood-plank walls, hardwood floors, and the original kitchen cupboards, has seen renovations in every room—some of them twice over—and has managed to stay true to its original charm. Courtney says the key to making her French Country cottage feel cohesive is remembering to make the home feel as good as it looks. “Not everything needs to be an antique or an expensive piece,” Courtney says. “I have a mix of both.”
Courtney was originally drawn to French Country style because it is comfortable and refined at the same time. “I think it is that mix of rich, dark woods mingling with old painted pieces and gilded details—those elegant chandeliers and rustic tabletops, grandmother’s china with flea market silverware,” she shares. “It is that juxtaposition of rustic and elegance that truly speaks to me and that I love so much.”
The bedroom and bathroom were inspired by the work of interior designer Charles Faudree, whose French Country style greatly influenced Courtney’s decorating tastes. “Dark woods, toile, bold buffalo checks, and furniture with elegant lines—they are all in abundance in his designs and have definitely inspired much of my own style,” she says.